Walnut and Ambrosia Maple Coffee Table

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Project by Marcus posted 01-30-2013 09:45 PM 19793 views 51 times favorited 46 comments Add to Favorites Watch

My little sister sent me a picture of the coffee table that my father had made out of old pallets. Needless to say, it definitely wasnt the quality that some of the guys here were coming up with! I told her I would come up with something for her based on the wood I had sitting around and here is the result. The only real requirements she had was size and wanted something a bit smaller for her apartment. The top is about 22” x44”. I was going to use metal drawer slides then saw a couple chunks of padauk in my scrap file, so made slides out of those. Adds a little pop of color to a pretty black and white table. Finished w/ four coats of arm-r-seal.

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#1 posted 01-30-2013 09:53 PM

Fantastic, what great project! I love the lines!

-- "someone has to be wounded for others to be saved, someone has to sacrifice for others to feel happiness, someone has to die so others could live"

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#2 posted 01-30-2013 10:11 PM

So yours is the last photo, right?!

Seriously, I love this table. Those contrasting colours are jiust gorgeous. Fantastic work,


-- Garry fae Bonnie Scotland

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#3 posted 01-30-2013 10:15 PM

Hey Garry, the last photo is right before I put the Arm-R-Seal on it. That stuff is amazing if you’ve never used it!

And not knocking my father for his work, the plans were actually something my sister found on pinterest (Shudder). They would be great for a college dorm room, but she just got her first job, so time to start setting her up a little bit better.



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#4 posted 01-30-2013 10:23 PM

Very nice, love the contrasting wood.

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#5 posted 01-30-2013 10:30 PM

Didn’t mean to disrespect your fathers work.

Got to get myself some Arm-R-Seal!

-- Garry fae Bonnie Scotland

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#6 posted 01-30-2013 11:21 PM

Great design and wood combination! I like how the lines follows through the draws. Thanks for the posting it in my favorites.

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#7 posted 01-30-2013 11:33 PM

Beautiful table ,love the wood and design.


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#8 posted 01-30-2013 11:51 PM

I like your table very much. The style is appealing and you also did a nice job of building it. I’m sure your little sister is more than pleased.

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#9 posted 01-31-2013 12:08 AM

great looking table; love the contrasting wood and the grain in the maple.

-- Sometimes the creative process requires foul language. -- Charles Neil

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#10 posted 01-31-2013 12:13 AM

Outstanding. Very nice.

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#11 posted 01-31-2013 12:17 AM

Looks great. I have a stand I made from MDF I might have to try that Arm-R-Seal on! ;o)

-- Grace & peace, Chris+

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#12 posted 01-31-2013 12:21 AM

Nice wood combo : )

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#13 posted 01-31-2013 12:55 AM

Beautiful craftsmanship – really well done – clean lines – superb!

-- - The day I stop learning is the day I stop living.

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#14 posted 01-31-2013 01:20 AM

But, was yours done using pallets? :-)

Seriously, very nice!

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#15 posted 01-31-2013 01:26 AM

Nice design. Beautiful wood combo. And I love the drawer slides! Hope you guys didn’t hurt your dad’s feelings. He did a nice job on his (just a little more rustic than your model)

-- " I'll try to be nicer, if you'll try to be smarter" gfadvm

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